G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831) can lay claim to being the most influential philosopher of the nineteenth century. Despite the elusiveness of his thought and a complex prose style, Hegel's work shaped the output of later thinkers as diverse as Strauss, Kierkegaard, Feuerbach, Marx, and the British idealists. This influence has extended to philosophy and theology well into the twentieth century. Even where his philosophical presuppositions have not been adopted, his concep-tuality, insights, and argumentation have continued to shape the articulation of Christian thought, especially the doctrine of the Trinity.
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